6 Secrets to Beautiful Windows
Do you clean your windows as carefully as you can, only to be
left with unsightly spots when you're done? It happens to the best
of us, but there is a way to get rid of that problem.
Clean Your Windows Like a Pro!
The following tips can help you clean windows
like the professionals:
- Heavy-duty cleaners might seem like a good idea, but
a drop or two of detergent in a bucket of water does a very good
job at a much cheaper price. You don't want a lot of suds on your
window, just enough to cover it with a sudsy film. A strip
applicator works well for picture windows.
- A squeegee is a valuable tool that makes the
difference between an amateur job and a professional one. Start at
the top of the window and pull the squeegee through the cleaner in
a reverse S-pattern. Wipe the squeegee at the end of each swipe
with a lint-free rag.
- Remove the remaining water from the edges of the
windows with a damp cloth--not a dry one!--and make sure to get the
windowsills, too. You want the cloth to absorb the water, not push
- If you are working with multi-pane
windows, use the same solution as you would for a picture
window, but opt for a smaller applicator or sponge to get into
- Use a smaller squeegee to clean the multi-pane
windows. Don't be tempted to use rags simply because the spaces are
so small; that spreads the suds, and can make your window even
- From time to time, stain buildup on windows can
begin to obstruct the view. When you notice stains that don't go
away with a good regular washing, it's time to pull out the big
guns: Cleaners containing oxalic acid do well to remove those
stains, but keep in mind that they can build back up after several
Remember to never use items like wadded up newspaper, paper
towels, or dust rags on your windows. Conventional cleaners usually
don't work as well as a simple solution of mild soap and water, and
can often just spread dirt around rather than clean it up. What's
more, using the older methods can create a static charge on the
window, which actually pulls dust and dirt to it, making your hard
work all for naught.
Use the professional method every six months, and your windows
can stay clear and shining!
About the author: Shannon Dauphin is a
freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was
built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her
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